"'Wonder of time,' quoth she, 'this is my spite,
That, thou being dead, the day should yet be light."
- Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis
"And it will be easier, remember, to bend thy will to love one who adores thee, than to lead one to love thee who abhors thee now."
- Don Quixote
"With the ant heap the respectable race of ants began and with the ant heap they will probably end, which does the greatest credit to their perseverance and good sense. But man is a frivolous and incongruous creature, and perhaps, like a chess player, loves the process of the game, not the end of it. And who knows (there is no saying with certainty), perhaps the only goal on earth to which mankind is striving lies in this incessant process of attaining, in other words, in life itself, and not in the thing to be attained, which must always be expressed as a formula, as positive as twice two makes four, and such positiveness is not life, gentlemen, but is the beginning of death."
- Notes from the Underground